Two people talking in an automotive businessWhy be energy efficient?

The automotive industry uses substantial amounts of energy in the manufacturing of its products. Businesses in the automotive industry can achieve a range of benefits by improving their energy management, including reducing energy and operational costs, extending equipment life and reducing the risk of downtime through improved maintenance regimes.

Energy costs can account for a significant proportion of automotive industry overheads. The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce conducted audits of a range of automotive industries and found the following average electricity costs.

  • Automotive electrical repair workshops spend $11 800 on electricity per year.
  • Automotive dismantler and parts recyclers spend $14 000 on electricity per year.
  • Dealerships spend $42 500 on electricity per year.
  • Engine reconditioning workshops spend $26 400 on electricity per year.
  • Farm and industrial machinery dealers spend $14 000 on electricity per year.
  • Mechanical workshops spend $8 300 on electricity per year.
  • Motorcycle repairer and dealerships spend $13 900 on electricity per year.
  • Service station and convenience stores spend $11 800 on electricity per year.
  • Tyre dealers spend $17 400 on electricity per year.
  • Body repair workshops spend $23 000 on electricity per year.
  • Commercial vehicle dealer and repairers spend $34 200 on electricity per year.

Opportunities exist for businesses in these industries to reduce their energy use and save money through the available resources.

Key resources

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has developed a range of tools  to assist industry sectors with making informed decisions on energy efficiency products and work practices.

  • Factsheets – The factsheets provide practical solutions to specific automotive industry sectors. These include auto electrical repairer, automotive dismantler and parts recycler, body repairer, commercial vehicle repairer and dealer, dealership, engine reconditioning repairer, farm and industry machinery dealer, mechanical repairer, motorcycle repairer and dealer, service station and convenience store, and tyre dealer.
  • Guidelines – There are guidelines on specific products and technologies such as air compressors, draught proofing, lighting, PV systems, solar hot water and spray booths.
  • Products and services directory – The directory lists service provider details for commercial fridges, heating and cooling, lighting, motors, off-grid power, solar hot water systems, solar panels, standby power controllers, wind turbines and many more.
  • Videos – The videos cover topics such as general energy efficiency, solar panels and case studies.
  • Free seminars – These seminars will provide businesses with insight into how the automotive industry fairs in energy efficiency, where improvements can be made to increase the energy efficiency of their business and reduce electricity costs. Seminars are available until June 2015. Registrations can be made through the VACC website.

See the VACC website for more information on energy efficiency in the automotive industry.

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